Actress Mamta Kulkarni‘s husband, Vicky Goswami, is allegedly the mastermind behind smuggling drugs made in a factory near Mumbai to the US through Kenya. In a raid at a pharmaceutical factory earlier this week, the police in Thane found nearly 20,000 kilos of substances used in party drugs. The material found is reportedly worth 2,000 crores which includes 18.5tonne of Ephedrine and 2.5 tonne of acetic anhydride.
The police have so far arrested 8 persons, including a Nigerian national, and the total worth of the seized drugs is around Rs2,500 crore in the international market. During investigation the police found the alleged kingpin of the racket is none other than Vicky Goswami, husband of former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni. Goswami, who is out on bail after he was arrested by the Kenyan police officials with the information from the US DEA, will soon be extradited from Kenya.
Manoj Jain, director of Avon Lifesciences Limited office in Solapur MIDC, a company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange — has been termed as the brain behind the drug racket. Along with him, Punit Shringi, manager of the unit, was held with drugs hidden in his car that was recovered from Dharavi. Pradeep Singh Gill, transporter of drugs in various states, too has been arrested.
Vicky Goswami has a well-known history of serious drug offences. In 1997, he was arrested for drug trafficking in Dubai and served 15 years in a prison there. He later moved with Mamta Kullkarni to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where he is currently facing fresh charges. He is wanted by the US and the Thane police for drug offences.
Vicky was named as the prime suspect after the police received information about his operations from the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on Tuesday.
Mamta, who is believed to be in Kenya currently, The senior Thane officers did not divulge details about her role in her husband’s drug syndicate, sources in the police said she was the face of the ring. As Vicky cannot leave Kenya because of an Interpol notice against him, he asked Mamta to meet clients in Dubai, Singapore, South Africa and the US. A team from the US Drug Enforcement Agency has also met the Thane police for information. Seven people have been arrested for their role in what investigators describe as an international drug cartel.
News Source – DNA, NDTV & TOI